- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Taunton Press Inc; New edition edition (1 April 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1561584975
- ISBN-13: 978-1561584970
- Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 1.2 x 25 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Couture Sewing Techniques Paperback – 1 Apr 2001
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"When I left for Paris in January of 1991 for a week of press previews of the haute couture collections, the Gulf War had just begun and the weather was brutally cold." Read the first page
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This is a book to read and study, lots of carefully detailed text and good photographs of haute couture designs and finishing techniques. Did you know there are at least five different hand basting stitches and even more permanent hand sewing stitches for garment construction? Did you know couture houses don't use paper patterns? That their seam allowances are usually at least one inch wide? That most of their basting is done from the RIGHT side of the garment? That most seam edges are finished by hand -- even into the curve clips? That most garments are constructed entirely by hand? That steaming, shrinking and molding garment sections by pressing are as important to the shaping process as the sewing? And I'm not just talking about pressing seams open here. Wow! And I thought I knew how to sew.
While other books may use "couture" in their titles this book means it. While I've said this isn't for the fainthearted anyone who sews clothing will find some new and accessible technique here. Grab it, keep it near your sewing machine and if you only add one new technique with each project your skill, pride and satisfaction in your work will grow immensely.
Even while browsing through it, a lot of questions that I had always had were simply solved by reading instructions, and by the conciseness of the illustrations. My only - personal - problem is that the language is quite technical, and at worst, I have to read with a dictionary by my side, as my English is not so advanced on technical discussion level, but all of Ms Shaeffers instructions are self-explanatory and very precise.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone ready for a new challenge in spicing up their wardrobes. And yes, even if you 'only' use the odd trick here and there, your clothes will start looking different - much more professional - as you start paying more and more attention to little details, and learn to avoid mistakes by focusing on how something should really look like - not that I wasn't focused on what I was doing before, but this is like the difference between your first watercolours and your first picture in an exhibition.
Thank you, Ms Shaeffer, for taking the time to write this absolutely, truly, wonderful book, and keeping good traditions alive.
The book is clearly written and walks you step-by-step through the most simple hem to complicated padding techniques, frequently using drawings to help visualize the instructions.
Shaeffer includes background information and uses for each technique, as well as beautiful color photos of dresses and suits from Schiaparelli, Givenchy, Dior and others as examples. The book is a beautiful piece of publishing on its own, using fine paper, endpapers and backing, making owning the book as pleasureable as working with it.
As a student in fashion design at Parsons School of Design in New York City, I have found Couture Sewing Techniques to be the book I turn to most often as a resource for sewing my designs. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
I must finish with a warning though, This book is not for beginners and will only confuse those who are starting out. As the saying goes learn to walk before learning to run this book is for those who can run and have been working in the fashion industry or at home for some years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic bookfor someone who loves Couture Sewing - covers every aspect of making a range of garments - exactly as described by Seller.Published 1 month ago by Ellen
One of the best books for sewing techniques i've seen and own.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great reference book for those interested in sewing. Everything you need to know with detailed explanation.Published 12 months ago by dragonfly2012
Great techniques. I've had this book for over four years now and use it constantly for a reference on finishings.Published 13 months ago by Samantha
Excellent and extremely informative book this book details almost every technique step by step was very surprised by how much content anyone wishing to learn or better their sewing... Read morePublished 15 months ago by siobhan pilling
As everything what is to do with couture sewing it's must have for me, i wasnt dissapointed by this book, but its more for beginners than for more experienced fashion designer.Published on 9 Feb. 2014 by dagmara
It is really hard to read it without proper pictures and examples of described operations, toooo long descriptions of very basic staff. Read morePublished on 14 July 2013 by de